What is a good average to charge at?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Richard Lawns, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Richard Lawns

    Richard Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I heard between $30-$50. What do you guys think?
  2. landscaper22

    landscaper22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,632

    It's one of those things that depends on your state and area you are in. Prices are all over the map. You really have to just figure how much you need to charge to profit what you want to profit. Take into account all your expenses. You have some that only charge $20 for a small yard, but I would not get out of bed for that, unless I had like 5 or 6 yards all side by side that took 15 mins each and I didn't have to pack up and move my truck. My minimum is $40, but a rarely do anything for that. I have a couple that are $45 cuts. Most of my properties that take just under an hour solo are $55-60 for the basics.
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  3. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 33,660

    Did not American airlines an United just get stuck with a law suite for price fixing?
  4. Rockbridge Lawn Care LLC

    Rockbridge Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    get $70+/hour...how many yards that entails is on your to figure out how long it takes to cut them

    two 30 minute yards next to each other @ $35/cut gets you $70...

    or three 20 minutes yards @ $25 each gets you $75/hr

    ** price goes up when 'driving' from yard to yard...that's why my mim. is $35/ yard per cut...payroll in the future keeps on expensing regardless if the mower is mov'n
  5. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 9,954

    Not going to make money just pulling numbers out of thin air.

    Know your costs and why lawn is $x amount.
  6. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,901

    Price fixing is finding a high number and then aggreeing or somehow enforcing that as being the lowest number.

    I.e the lowest price to cut any lawn is $75.... if you don’t agree to this I will go after all your customers with a lowball campaign so viscous it will run you out of business

    That’s price fixing
    Walmart and brickman have done it before
    Hard to prove it tho
    Suing for something and winning are two different things

    Charging “the going rate” is not the same as price fixing
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  7. LawnCareBowling2019

    LawnCareBowling2019 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    My rates start at $25, but for just basics I estimate most yards at $35 or $40, and all my yards are done in an hour or less. This is with an okay push mower, and Im getting a good zero turn next year so I might up my rates by $5-10.
  8. South Hills Lawns

    South Hills Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Can you elaborate on how this would effect us? My minimum is $35 to even set foot on the lawn.
  9. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 33,660

    Probably not even any better than the Snowman, did.
  10. South Hills Lawns

    South Hills Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Just saw it =) hey I'm from the South hills, where are you at in Pittsburgh?

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